Saturday, August 02, 2008

Bronze clay


Hi! Here are some samples of bronze clay. I found it difficult to work with - the texture was like grainy stoneware and it dried fast! This small yield took about 3 hours to make - a long time, considering how long it would usually take in silver pmc. I still have to fire them, so I will make more pieces to make it worth the effort. I'm disappointed with it. I was hoping the clay would have a different texture, it is very difficult to keep the clay moist, as it dries almost instantly. It is possible I got a dry or defective pouch. I opened the pouch and it was already almost leatherhard - to begin I had to soften it up with water (which made a muddy mess). I'm not giving up yet, as you can see, I got it to work. It was just very frustrating, as I was expecting it to be more like pmc, something I use all the time. I'm determined to master this challenging product!
To cheer myself up from my puny yield, I bought two new books 'Alabama Stitch Book' and 'Martha Stewerts Cookies'. I love that sewing book so much! I'm dying to make the reverse aplique corset! The projects feature hand sewing and beading, using recycled t -shirts, so the look is modern, yet classic. The cookie book is so good. I made the Pistachio Chocolate Biscotti and was surprised how easy it was to make and how delicious the results. Well, I'm off to mess with that clay, maybe I'll have better luck after my chocolate fix.

3 comments:

Carter said...

Oooh...I want that Alabama Stitch Book. And of course a lot of free time to play with the ideas inside!

heatherwynn said...

looks great Cynthia!!!

Gail said...

Don't give up on the bronze. Silver is ready to use out of the pack. Bronze had to be played with. Break off a chunk and put it in plastic wrap. You could add a spritz of water. Knead it for a minute or so and then let it sit for about 10 minutes. Seems like the more you play with it the better it gets. If I feel the clay getting dry, I roll it into a ball and then stick my thumb in it. In the depression I put a few drops of water and one of olive oil. Knead it again in plastic wrap. Seems like you have to constantly condition it. If you did all this to silver you would destroy it. Hope this helps. Check out my blog... gaillannum.blogspot.com